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Picasso’s ceramic studio in southern France fallen into disrepair

The Madoura workshop in Vallauris, bought by local authorities last year, requires urgent renovation

Picasso at Chez Madoura, 1953. Photo: © André Villers, © Claude Germain - Iamge Art

Three months after the attic studio in Paris where Picasso painted Guernica was classed as a historic monument by the French state, in response to a petition to protect it from re-development as a hotel, Le Journal du Dimanche reports that the pottery workshop in the south of France where the artist created more than 4,000 ceramic pieces requires urgent renovation.

The Madoura workshop in Vallauris had been closed for six years when an association of local authorities bought it from the original owners, the Ramié family, for €3m last May, re-opening it to the public in December. While a temporary exhibition space is currently hosting part of the town’s 23rd ceramics biennial, the building where Picasso worked from 1947 to 1971 has fallen into disrepair. Problems include damp in the walls and holes in the roof.

Jean Leonetti, the president of the association and the deputy mayor of Antibes, told Le Journal that the most pressing renovation work would start in the autumn. “Studies show that the budget isn’t excessive,” he said. The mayor of Vallauris, Michelle Salucki, said that though the town did not have the means to buy Madoura outright, it was collaborating on the project to turn it into a “cultural centre for ceramics”.

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16 Aug 14
17:49 CET

PETER DANIELS, WHITE ROCK B.C.

I am an artist/ceramic/painter/film. What a great place to retreat to work.I studied under Santos Minosa ,Walter Dexter, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach.

13 Aug 14
17:50 CET

ENGELA, CAPE TOWN

yes indeed ,what a great artist,wish you well ,hope funding will be given by a patron of the arts and the Madoura workshop is saved as a historical landmark.

11 Aug 14
1:34 CET

LINO DA SILVA, SOUTH AFRICA, GAUTENG

It's something important to preserve the studio. Picasso is one of the most important artist of the 20th century.

6 Aug 14
16:48 CET

ANDREW E, SAN FRANCISCO

The Madoura workshop should be considered a historical landmark because it is where years of Picasso's work was created, and where he met Jacqueline.

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